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Splunk Enterprise 6 Brings Big Data to Business Users: Page 2

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The second innovation that Splunk hopes will make the Splunk platform more accessible to business users is the use of data models. Data Models provide for a more meaningful representation of underlying machine data and a deeper understanding of relationships in the data, making this data more useful to a broader base of users.

Lamas said a data model can be a thin representation of the meaning and relationship in an organization’s machine data. The data model runs at search time and can have different views, such as marketing, DevOps or customer support views.

“Splunk Enterprise 6 is the platform for machine data for everyone, with powerful analytics and performance that unlocks machine data insights to an entirely new set of users,” said Guido Schroeder, senior vice president of products at Splunk, in a statement. “With an enhanced user experience, simple management of enterprise deployments and a rich developer environment, Splunk Enterprise 6 gives technical users the ability to define the meaningful relationships in the underlying data, enabling business users and analysts to easily manipulate and visualize data in a simple drag-and-drop interface. All of this, with amazing performance on low-cost commodity hardware.”

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The third new innovation in Splunk is its High Performance Analytics Store, a patent-pending transparent acceleration technology that delivers analytics performance up to 1,000 times faster than any previous version of Splunk Enterprise.

“Splunk Enterprise 6 signals a major evolution to the Splunk story, one that could introduce the platform to a new set of users,” said Eric Hanselman, chief analyst at 451 Research, in a statement. “Business users want and need to use software that makes it easier to dig deeper into analytic tasks without the help of IT or knowledge of coding and query languages. Those who’ve been using the Splunk product for years will benefit from usability and management enhancements that will make their Splunk lives easier and more productive. By providing machine data analytics to a new set of users and an improved user experience, Splunk Enterprise 6 has value for both audiences.”

Mehta told eWEEK more than 350 customers, partners and developers participated in the Splunk Enterprise 6 beta program. The response to new analytics features including, among others, data models and pivot has been overwhelmingly positive, he said.

“At PostFinance, exceptional customer service has kept us in business for over 100 years,” said Roger Bigler, team leader for Splunk at PostFinance, in a statement. “Splunk Enterprise gives us insights from our data that help us deliver a great online experience. Splunk Enterprise 6 provides a more powerful yet incredibly easy-to-use way to interact with and visualize machine-generated business data so we can share consistent views of the data, increasing the speed with which we deliver service to our customers.”

This article was originally published on October 1, 2013
Originally published on eWeek.
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